Thursday, October 23, 2014
This week's featured video playlist pulls together six different Aussie college (high school) rowing films, each of which is strikingly well made—and all of which get you ready for racing. From on-the-water training shots, to land workouts, to race footage, this playlist offers insight into all aspects of the sport, as well as (hopefully) inspiration to all those rowing filmmakers in the U.S. gearing up for a long winter and spring season of training and competition. The schools included in this playlist are Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), from North Sydney, New South Wales; Scotch College (Perth, Western Australia); Brisbane Boys' College (Toowong, Queensland); Melbourne Grammar School (Victoria); The King's School, from North Parramatta (suburbs of Sydney), New South Wales, Australia; and St. Joseph's Nudgee College (Boondall, suburb of Brisbane, Queensland).
And speaking of Australia, this coming weekend marks the renewal of a traditional rivalry Down Under—the Australian Boat Race, pitting men and women from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne against one another, is set to take place in Sydney, from Woolwich to Darling Harbor (a 4.4km course). The crews include a number of Australian national squad veterans, including Fergus Pragnell (Sydney) and Olympic champion David Crawshay (Melbourne). (Here's a quick look at SUBC training from last week.)
You can keep up to date with the Aussie Boat Race via the event's Facebook page and Twitter feed, and, in the meantime, it's worth a look back at Pragnell's epic (hilarious) Boat Race Challenge, issued prior to the main event in 2012.
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Fall rowing at its best (Photo by Alfredo Montenegro/courtesy Long Beach Junior Crew)|
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Eliot Bridge, Charles River (Photo: B. Kitch)|
The 50th Head Of The Charles is, well, a big deal. That much is obvious from looking at the entries in the Championship events—rowing stars and Olympic medalists abound, not to mention a host of the top collegiate programs from across the country, and across the pond. So, naturally, we feel obligated to shoot our mouths off about what's going to happen over the weekend—here's hoping we're better at predicting the outcome in rowing than ESPN is at picking winners in baseball. Here we go.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
This very short clip (thanks to Sean Wolf), and the tweets below, are among the emerging evidence that the scullers Great Eights are on the scene in Boston, and already prepping for the main event on Sunday. The difference for these crews is that, of course, they'll be racing in various lineups on Saturday as well. Advantage sweepers? Maybe—picks and predictions for the weekend coming up shortly here on RR. In the meantime, here's a refresher on all the Great Eight lineups.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|The original sketch for the RR logo design (Photo: B. Kitch)|
Amidst the flurry of activity leading up to the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta, RowingRelated turned four over the weekend. I wanted to take a second to acknowledge that, and say thanks. When I first began this site on October 11, 2010, I had no idea the places it would take me, or how much it would grow—not only has it kept me connected to the sport I love, but, more importantly, it has kept me connected to the people who love rowing.